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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Congress welcomes SC verdict

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Former minister and leader on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision that states cannot exercise statutory power to remit sentences of convicts, tried under central laws and probed by central agencies like the without consulting the Centre.

"These are decisions that of course have to be taken in accordance with the and the Supreme is right in interpreting the that it has. But also the entire sentiment and emotion of the nation was involved," Kumar told the media here.


"Therefore, the Supreme is also untouched by the correct interpretation of the law considering that these are extraordinary cases and they have to be dealt in with a very larger vision of the law," he added.

The apex court, while settling the constitutional issues that had arisen out of the government's decision to set free the convicts in the assassination case, said that though the states have power to grant remission, they cannot exercise it suo motu.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu also said that the Centre will have primacy in granting remission to convicts in cases registered under central law and probed by central agencies like the

The bench referred to a three-judge bench the factual and legal aspects of grant of remission to convicts in the assassination case.

The apex had on February 20 last year stayed the Government's decision to release three convicts -- Murugan, Santhan and Arivu -- whose death sentence had been commuted to life term by it.

The court had later also stayed the release of four other convicts, saying there were procedural lapses on part of the state government.

First Published: Wed, December 02 2015. 17:45 IST